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What is the otter life?

d5465a_775338fba3fa781014b4baa8cfcd83acBasically, it’s following the example of the greatest marine mammal on earth: the otter. Consider our friend pictured to the left – looks jolly, no? So do most of the otters in the free world. They’re usually seen floating on their backs, cracking crabs, or just riding the tides. That’s because the otter works hard when it needs to, gathers all its food for the day, then spends the rest of its time exploring the ocean.

The otter is able to carve out this leisure time because it has honed its hunting skills to the point of maximum efficiency; it’s so talented at harvesting fish, crabs, and other crustaceans, that it takes only a portion of it time. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing or doing activities, like wrestling with their brethren or constructing natural water slides (two things otter actually do).

The otter works hard and smart. It runs a lean, efficient operation and will sometimes use rocks to open crabs, making it one of the only mammals known to use tools.
The otter life is not about laziness; the otter greatly values hard work and personal responsibility. It just values other things, too.

The otter life is about living in the moment and cutting down on worrying. Worrying uses up time and energy, and doesn’t do anything positive. Worrying will not catch or open crabs.

It’s about doing what you love and being proud of your work. If you love what you do and you’re proud of it, you won’t dread going to work, like so many of us do. You’ll relish it.

(Click here to read about my personal work-dread situation, and the inspiration for this blog.)

It’s about wanting what you have, not having what you want. I’ve never seen an otter with a flatscreen TV or new car. And yet…


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